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November 16, 2009 - November 22, 2009


Balmy weather conditions were observed early in the week with upper 70-degree high temperatures and episodes of morning fog. Showers drifted through the highest elevations late Tuesday. On Wednesday, the heaviest concentration of rain expanded to the north coastal counties. Chesnee, in northern Spartanburg County, reported a high temperature of only 53 degrees while Pritchardville, in Beaufort County, warmed to 77 degrees. Off and on rains at Jocassee Dam totaled 1.79 inches over two days. Dense fog on Thursday morning reduced surface visibilities to one-eighth mile at Shaw AFB in Sumter and to "zero" at McEntire ANG AP and James Island Executive AP Friday morning. A parcel of cooler and dry air entered the state during the day on Friday. The change lowered temperatures by around ten degrees. Increasing clouds late Saturday preceded Sunday rains as low pressure entered the state from the southwest. Bands of moderate to occasionally heavy rain fell from mid-morning Sunday and beyond a seemingly-early sunset. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Witherbee on November 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 33 degrees at Chesnee on November 21. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 1.68 inches at Florence AP on November 22. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.98   44.05     -1.4
      Anderson           1.38   46.57      4.8
      Columbia           1.02   45.48      1.4
    Orangeburg           0.83   38.93     -5.2
 Charlotte, NC           0.65   40.74      1.3
   Augusta, GA           0.95   41.55      0.8
      Florence           1.71   35.21     -5.4
N Myrtle Beach           0.94   36.55     -4.9
    Charleston           0.43   45.80     -1.8
  Savannah, GA           0.74   50.40      4.3   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 60 degrees, Charleston 63 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at nearby Fort Pulaski, GA, were reported at 65 degrees and at Ocean Crest Pier, NC, 62 degrees.

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